Addiction to Street Drugs

The use of addictive substances has been with mankind since time immemorial. Drugs, however, have the ability to change the way we perceive and experience the world around us. There are a number of them with a range of effects, and some not always desired: where after taking them we can feel cheerful, even euphoric, full of energy, keenly aware and powerful or, on the contrary, subdued, helpless, depressed, desperate, frightened, agitated--all depending on the drug, our level of dependency on it, and its usage.

The reason why we reach for the drug in the first place can be a desire to try something new; simple curiosity; an effort to cope with our environment; or perhaps we have a life situation from which we are trying to escape. Drug use can begin as a coping mechanism for unpleasant feelings and situations. If we find ourselves under pressure, we may use drugs to relieve ourselves and to relieve the tension that is in us.

While addictive substances are many, the phenomenon of addiction is singular. Broadly speaking, one may go through three identifiable phases in addiction:

In the first phase, one may have feelings of enthusiasm and other pleasant and intense emotional states. At this point, the substance use has so far only minimal risks to one’s social wellbeing and physical health, and it takes a relatively small amount of the substance to enjoy the pleasant effects.

In the second phase, there is a loss of control over use. One will begin to push the boundaries that one had set for oneself (e.g., not to use the substance at work or while looking after the children). The substance use begins to have a problematic influence on one’s choices, such as avoiding those who might prevent one from using. Next, the lying starts--where one begins to invent a web of self-deception and lying to others in order to hide or justify using. In this phase, one often begins first efforts to stop, only to discover that one is unable to do so.

In the last phase, any “positives” that one’s substance use seemed to provide in the beginning have been completely exhausted by now. The substance use no longer serves to improve any situation or condition of normal life, but rather becomes, at best, a way to obtain temporary and unsatisfactory relief from the physical and psychological pain experienced when not under the influence (and especially when withdrawing).

How can an addiction to drugs be recognized?

  • Do you have a strong desire to take an illegal addictive substance?
  • Do you have trouble controlling how much of the addictive substance you take and when you take it?
  • If you stop taking the substance, do you experience psychological and bodily changes, such as feeling nervous, depressed, anxious, irritable, lost appetite, etc.?
  • If you stop taking the substance, do you experience tremors, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, insomnia or, conversely, extreme sleepiness, etc.?
  • Do you find yourself increasing the consumption of the substance to achieve the same effect?
  • Do you prefer taking the addictive substance over other activities?
  • Do you take the substance despite the fact that you realize that it is having a negative impact on you and your relationships?
  • Do you experience any or all of the above and want the cycle of suffering to stop?

Did you know?

There are many myths surrounding drug addiction. For example, people often believe that overcoming addiction is a matter of having a strong enough will. While sufficient motivation is important for abstinence, it is seldom possible to end addiction without comprehensive and professional help.

Another myth is that an addict can be recognized at a glance. Addictive substances are used by all kinds of people, from all socioeconomic walks of life. It is not always easy to recognize users of an addictive substance on sight.

Neither can we say that reduced performance at work may be an indicator of an existing addiction, as an addict could still be a functioning person without any problems readily noticeable from the outside.

Are you struggling with drug addiction?

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Specialists for this Service

Mgr., MgA. Markéta Čermáková

Outpatient Clinic Director, Psycotherapist, Psychologist

Bc. et Bc. Markéta Bolková

Addictologist, Therapist

Bc. Jiří Vacek, MBA

Director of Clinic 2, Therapist

Bruer Michael Ramon


Bc. et Bc. Radek Němec

Addictologist, Therapist

Bc. et Bc. Markéta Bolková
Adiktolog, Terapeut

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